Nutrition Counselling for Pets

Maintaining a healthy body weight is one of the best ways to keep your pet healthy throughout their life. At Simcoe Animal Hospital, we will be your partner in making sure your pet has the fuel they need to be as strong as possible. With our help, we can tailor their diet to the unique needs of their breed and lifestyle. If your furry family member does develop a weight problem – either they are overweight or underweight – our veterinary team can conduct health screening tests to rule out medical issues and get your pet started on a food and exercise plan to get them in better shape. We can identify the ideal weight for your pet and recommend specific brands and formulations of pet food.

How can I help my cat or my dog lose weight?

Only after a consultation and exam, can we determine the best treatment plan for your pet. That being said, there are some universal changes that you can take today. First, begin by restricting the amount of calories your pet eats in a day. Try to feed them with only healthy foods with high quality ingredients. Instead of rewarding them with treats, you can instead give your pet toys, play with them or show positive body gestures like hugs or pats. You can also try increasing your pet’s activity levels by taking them out on more walks or playing more with them. Be mindful of your pet’s health condition. If they are a senior pet, for example, opt for low-impact activities like swimming, which are easier on their joints.

What happens during a pet nutritional consultation?

One of our registered veterinary technicians will meet with you and your pet. They will take your pet’s weight and conduct a body condition assessment. This information combined with a detailed diet history provided by you, will help them formulate a weight loss or weight gain plan designed specifically for you and your pet’s lifestyle and unique needs.

Last updated: September 8, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.


This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • Our "closed waiting room" policyis ending and we have started to open our doors with some restrictions. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us at 519-426-0111. If you do not have a cell phone, we have placed a doorbell at Door #1 for you convenience. We will alert you when we are ready for your appointment. We are allowing one client to accompany their pet into the examination room. For the safety of our clients and our team, we have barriers in place for you to remain behind during your pet’s appointment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards or e-Transfer as the preferred payment methods.
  • We are now offering food and medication pick-up inside of the clinic by appointment only. Once you arrive, remain outside of the hospital and use your cell phone to call us at 519-426-0111 or if you do not have a cell phone, ring the doorbell at door #1. It is still recommended that client’s place their order through our online store. To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store"

    We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday and Sunday: Closed


    Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - The team at Simcoe Animal Hospital